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Emil Iverson (1893 – February 21, 1960)[1] was a Canadian ice hockey player and coach. Iverson was head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks for one season, 1932–33[1] along with Godfrey Matheson. Emil Iverson was also responsible for discovering 50 Ojibwa skeletons and native artifacts 1928. The site was one of the last undisturbed dwellings inhabited by the Kawawaigamak people - of the First Nation Ojibwa people. He continued to conduct extensive research regarding the history of the Ojibwa people that seasonally migrated throughout Hunters Island and the Border Lakes. The thriving tribe of Kawawaigamaks, located at Kawa Bay, were eventually decimated by the spanish infuenza epidemic and the forced removal by the Canadian Government. The people of the village were known by the White Settlers as the Kawawaigamaks - because of their proximity to, and reliance on, what is now called The Wawaig river. After discovering the village Emil made sure the dead got the proper burial rites and brought back many artifacts to the Nett Lake people - their reservation being adjacent to his outfitting headquarters. This made him very respected was given a ceremonial drum and the Annishinabe name "Chief of the Big Waters". The bodies proved once and for all, the size and scope of the Kawawaigamak village was much larger than previously thought. His movie and photos of the expedition were shown to President Coolidge to help preserve the Quetico and Boundary Waters area. The complete story of his expedition and the history of Two Rivers - a leader of the Kabwawaigamak Ojibwa, can be found in more detail in the forthcoming novel "Hunters and Hearts."

In addition to his advocavy for the Annishinabe people. Emil developed one of the first fishing and exploration programs for women.

Emil also traveled throughout Asia and Africa hunting big game and exploring both continents. A previously unknown location,southeast of Kawa Bay is currently being researched by this family - led by his grandsons.


  1. ^ a b "Coach page". Retrieved November 27, 2008.  

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